14 Apr Why You Should Buy a Top Phone
When people decide to purchase a phone, they generally consider their financial status first. How good of a phone can you afford to buy? Then they consider what tariff is most likely to cover their needs, but still be financially acceptable, or rather what they can actually afford. In a general sentiment, people tend to get better tariff plans than phones and then the phones they pick are as good as they can afford, without burning a hole into their wallets. Some people do not pick and choose, they pick any phone they feel comfortable with, but these people are not reading this article either. This article is for you, dear reader, instructing you how you should actually approach your purchase and what you should consider, before you go out and pick that mid-level phone that has most of the bangs and whistles, but will be obsolete within a year.
Operating system updates
The cheaper your phone is, the less likely you are to receive any operating system update that really matters. You will most certainly receive updates that will make your phone function properly and remain functional for as long as your warranty is covering your purchase. You will, however, not receive any update towards Android Lollipop or iOS 7 that will truly work – actually, your iPhone will just start working incredibly sluggish with any new update, something that Apple fans have very often complained about and which is suspected to be a measure by Apple to force users to upgrade their phones. With Android phones it is not much different, most mid-range phones simply do not receive any major updates at all, low-range phones do work, but updates do not, or rather, there aren’t any.
With Apple/iOS there seems to be almost no compatibility in regards to hardware with previous models. Even the charger cables are different, but rumours are that such practices will change, most likely because EU regulations require it – otherwise iPhone might get banned in Europe. Software is somewhat compatible, but newer apps seem not to run properly on older models. With Android phones, most applications do work throughout the range, yet some require more RAM and processing power than others, particularly elaborate games, so it happens that older devices cannot run extremely new software, yet such a thing is extremely seldom and rarely observed.
If you pick a tariff plan that has a flat rate included, then you are most likely eligible to get a very good phone for a truly affordable price, or rather monthly rate. The thing is, you do not really want an uber-phone and you are content with an average phone anyway. If you think about this for a second, you will immediately see the logic here: if you purchase a top of the line phone today, it will be a mid-range, perhaps even an upper mid-range phone by the time you are renewing your contract. Moreover, right now there is nothing much phone manufacturers can do, to heighten the speed, quality and durability of your top level phone. A HTC One M7 is still a high-end phone, despite being two years old. You do get some little improvements with the new HTC One M9, but on such level, these differences are quite negligible. There is a huge difference between a Samsung Galaxy Note 1 and the Note 4, but if you already have the Note 3, there is no sane reason why you should switch.
If you purchase a top level phone right now, you will most likely still be in the top level range in two, three years. Unless you are a hoity-toity snob, you will barely notice a significant difference in top level phones – albeit the iPhone 3 and the iPhone 6 are not comparable – with Android phones on a top level, you still can use, for instance Samsung Galaxy S3 and manage to use all possible apps, games and features that are available. Getting a top-range phone now, will most likely result in you having a great phone for three, four or even more years, where you only might require purchasing a new battery at some point, if even that. HTC One, after two years of average use, runs without any noticeable reduction in stability, usage time and reliability. On the other hand, a Samsung Galaxy Y, purchased at about the same time, used about the same or even less, needed a battery replacement already. If you can manage to purchase a top level phone, you will save money in the long run and enjoy your phone experience much, much more. Having a top level phone for four years is definitely better than having a new mid-level phone every other year.